Manager, Steel - Climate Aligned Industries

Remote (U.S.)
10 days ago
Full time role


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Job Description:

Manager – Steel – Climate Aligned Industries.

Do you love solving challenging problems, driving systemic change and leading transformative collaborations? Are you passionate about working with industrial players to address climate change? Do you have experience in industrial decarbonization or new energy vectors? If yes, then join our growing team!

Program Overview

The Climate Aligned Industry Program at RMI is focused on decarbonizing the heavy industry and transport sectors, implementing market mechanisms and supporting policy implementation to limit global warming to 1.5 °C. It currently brings together heavy industry sectors (steel, shipping, aviation, cement, and chemicals) with our cross-cutting green hydrogen initiative (The Green Hydrogen Catapult). Our work on steel decarbonization focuses on key pathways for impact: (1) growing near zero emissions steel through supply and demand mechanisms to reduce unbated fossil pathways, (2) Ensuring an equitable transition and economic development opportunities are accounted for current heavy industrial regions, and (3) exploring mechanisms for demand reduction and circularity.

Position Overview

As a Manager at RMI, you will be a team leader and program manager – willing to roll to conduct innovative analysis, but also able to operate at a high-level with key stakeholders both within and outside of RMI. You will be an adept communicator, with technical industrial expertise and will feel comfortable building relationships with senior managers from industry and civil society organizations, as well as regional governments and regulators. You will be accustomed to working under time pressure, including meeting or exceeding targets under changing circumstances and uncertainty (e.g. lead organizational changes, deal with functional complexities, spearhead political and regulatory changes, drive alignment of interests withing diverse group of external players, etc.). 

As a manager in the Steel Initiative, you will work closely with other senior RMI leaders in the Climate Aligned Industries team, Carbon Free Electricity program, and Regional Teams (US, China, India, Global South), as well the Mission Possible Partnership. Understanding of North American, European, and Asian political systems, including regulatory environments, is preferred. Previous experience working in the energy sector or in-depth knowledge in heavy industry, preferably iron and steel-making/metals and mining sector, is required.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Provide thought leadership and lead techno-economic analysis on decarbonization solution pathways for iron and steel supply chains

  • Develop strategies for shaping local markets (policy frameworks, subsidy mechanisms, mandates, market mobilization etc.)

  • Lead development with partners and green steel project developers (i.e for hydrogen hub integration)

  • Help shape new collaborations and connections with global climate NGOs, academic institutions, private-sector actors, financial institutions and other relevant stakeholders.

  • Manage timelines, colleagues, and processes inside and outside of RMI, to achieve objectives on time.

  • Lead a team of 1-3 associates, provide professional mentorship, structure, and work product management

  • Collaborate with our development team to progress funding strategies

  • Lead and contribute to leadership efforts through research and publications

  • Represent RMI as an industry expert at key conferences and other public events including interviews and publication

  • Traveling (some, mostly within North America, Europe and Asia) to and from in-person stakeholder meetings (once public health conditions allow)

  • Support and deliver other projects and tasks as needed, in line with skills and experience that contribute to RMI’s overall organizational objectives


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Commitment to working in close collaboration with partners in industry and civil society to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions from steel-making

  • Bachelor’s degree in an applicable field such as engineering, economics, or physical sciences.

  • Master’s degree, or equivalent experience, in sustainability, economics, engineering, or energy-related discipline.

  • Minimum 6 years of professional experience in fields related to resource development (e.g metals and mining, energy)

  • Familiarity with steel production pathways and sector decarbonization opportunities

  • Experience leading teams and managing complex project portfolios

  • Evidence of good written, verbal, and interpersonal skills

  • Experience designing and managing analytical models

  • A passion for working collaboratively to advance market-based solutions to climate change

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience managing complex and diverse groups, particularly in the project commissioning or in project development

  • Experience working across multiple geographies, emerging markets in addition to mature steel industries

  • Familiarity with commercial development process of heavy industrial or energy projects.

We invite candidates with a variety of skillsets, educational and work backgrounds.


We are a remote-ready company with team members around the globe. Our beautiful and welcoming offices are available for meetings or focused work, whether you are traveling through or living nearby. Our U.S. offices are in New York City; Washington DC; Oakland, California; Boulder, Colorado, and Basalt, Colorado. This role can be located from anywhere in the continental United States.

We provide you with the essential IT equipment plus a one-time home technology payment and a monthly work from home/commuter allowance to ensure you have a comfortable home office set up and necessary supplies.

We love seeing each other in person! We occasionally gather for shared time together like retreats and learning experiences. Be ready to travel for occasional in-person meetings (and of course, we cover travel costs). Some roles may require more travel, which will be discussed during the hiring process.


RMI compensates based on the level and requirements of the role. Salary within our ranges may also be determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as required by the role, as well as internal equity and alignment with market data. The salary range for this position is $105,000-$129,000. You would also have an additional 10% bonus target!


We offer a comprehensive benefits package, adjusted to regional norms, including (for US employment):

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance

  • 403b Retirement Options (5% match immediately)

  • Generous PTO

  • Learning & Development opportunities

  • Parental leave

  • Life, AD&D, Short Term and Long-Term Disability

  • Commuter and Wellness Benefits


Diversity of our workforce is one of our core values at RMI and we strive to achieve a level of diversity within our organization that reflects the communities that we serve. Achieving this diversity—whether of race, gender, sexual orientation, or ability—is critical to our long-term success, ensuring that we:  

  • Have the diversity of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges  

  • Have a culture of inclusion and respect that enables us to attract and keep diverse talent

  • Can secure the talent that we need with access to the full talent pool

  • Can relate to decision makers within diverse communities

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

RMI is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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